1 in 8 people were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012, according to The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
You’d think they all are from Africa and 3rd world countries? Well, almost all the hungry people in the world (852 million out from 870), live in developing countries, representing 15% of the population of developing countries (FAO 2012).
According to the most recent estimate that Hunger Notes could find, malnutrition, as measured by stunting, affects 32.5 percent of children in developing countries–one of three (de Onis 2000). Geographically, more than 70 percent of malnourished children live in Asia, 26 percent in Africa and 4 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean
But the world produces enough food to feed everyone. World agriculture is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2.720 kcal/pers/day (FAO 2002, p.9).
Did you know that in 2008 there were 1,345 million poor people in developing countries who live on $1.25/day or less? This figure has improved from 1900 million people in 1981 by 29%. While this has improved in Asia (especially East Asia and China), in Sub-Saharan Africa the number of people in extreme poverty has increased.
The good news is that we all can help the least fortunate. I’ve been researching online and among the only great nonprofit organizations I found were based in the States, where you can actually go and volunteer and be a part of a helping community (http://greatnonprofits.org/nonprofitnews/feeding-the-hungry/). I came across a few people who would like to donate but don’t thrust the big companies and don’t believe their donations will go to the people who need them. I must admit I share the same fear.
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de Onis, Mercedes, Edward A. Frongillo and Monika Blossner. 2000. “Is malnutrition declining? An analysis of changes in levels of child malnutrition since 1980.” Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2000, : 1222–1233.
Food and Agriculture Organization, International Fund for Agricultural Development, World Food Program. 2002 “Reducing Poverty and Hunger, the Critical Role of Financing for Food, Agriculture, and Rural Development.”
nternational Food Policy Research Institute. 2010. 2010 Global Hunger Index